Hi Madison, tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, job etc.
I’m originally from Missoula. I live on the Westside now but grew up in the South Hills. Went to Sentinel High School. Played golf in college for Nebraska and Montana.
How did you get involved with Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC)? What was the draw and where do you hope it leads you?
I became involved with the ZACC when I started volunteering with them about 3 years ago. The Rock Camps we hosted for kids became so popular it’s now a full time job. The music program is called the Alternative Music Project, and I am the director of that program.
How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?
I went to my first CrossFit with some friends of mine who attend another gym just because I wanted to get back into fitness. I researched options online and was super happy to find Ian, who has an athletic background like I do. I trust him. I have a friend who competes nationally as well, she’s a badass and an inspiration. I started in December before Xmas.
So you’re relatively new to CrossFit. Tell us how CrossFit compares to what you thought it would be like? In what ways is it what you expected, in what ways is it not what you expected?
CrossFit is pretty much what I expected. I like that there’s a set workout of the day and trainers available. I don’t have to think about my workout I just have to start it and get it done. I do think it’s important for people to have a good understanding of lifting technique before they start, but I think Scott and Ian do a good job of explaining and reminding people as they workout.
What CrossFit class do you typically attend?
I usually go to the morning classes, I like to get it done before I start the rest of my day.
You’re very involved with music. What is your top choice for workout music while you’re at the gym?
I like to workout to any music that is tough, doesn’t matter what the genre is. Could be rock, rap, or country.
Do you have any specific fitness goals or targets you would like to hit in 2016?
For 2016 I just want to be healthy. I’m not focused on how much I weigh, I care mostly about having good balance and functional strength. Even though I just started I already have felt better skiing which is really nice.
What pushes you in CrossFit? When you’re about to drop down for that 50th burpee, or do that 30th pull-up, what keeps you going? Where do you go in your head?
When I feel like I can’t do anymore I just zone out and try to remind myself that it will be easier next time if I finish today. When I feel like I’ve maxed out I always try to do one more.